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Daily Fix Poll: The New York City mosque and the Republican Party

By Felicia Sonmez

As the controversy surrounding President Obama's remarks on the proposed Ground Zero mosque and Islamic center continues to roil both parties, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart poked a little fun at the president's apparent wavering on the issue in a segment earlier this week.

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"It kind of reminds me, actually, of his campaign slogan: 'Yes we can ... but should we?'" Stewart said.

The same could now be said of the choice facing the Republican Party.

Some top Republican strategists, worried that focusing too much on the mosque controversy could backfire, are now urging members of their party to steer clear of the issue.

Potential White House contenders from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) have criticized Obama on the issues; others like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) have been much quieter.

Romney and others who have declined to wade into the fray are pinning their hopes on the notion that even as the mosque controversy continues to garner national attention, when Election Day rolls around, the one thing that will be foremost on voters' minds will be the same thing it's been all year: the economy.

What should the Republican Party do with the mosque issue? You can weigh in (but should you?) below.

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 18, 2010; 11:39 AM ET
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